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Applicants wishing to challenge the National Dental Specialty Examination (NDSE) must fulfill one of the following requirements:

Pathway I. having completed or being, at the time of taking the Examination, in the final year of a dental specialty training program which, during the course of the candidate's enrollment, was accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) or an accreditation body with which CDAC has a reciprocal accreditation agreement;*

Pathway II. Having completed or being, at the time of taking the examination, enrolled in a Dental Specialty Assessment and Training Program (DSATP) for internationally trained dental specialists which, during the course of the candidate’s enrollment in the DSATP, was a part of a specialty training program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada or an accreditation body with which CDAC has a reciprocal accreditation agreement, and having approval from the Program Director or the Dean, in the form of a letter, stating that the applicant is prepared academically to sit the Examination.

Applications will be reviewed to ensure that candidates’ credentials meet the current eligibility criteria. Upon a credential and documentation review, applicants will be notified of their eligibility to challenge the examination. Such eligibility is considered valid for one examination cycle and only for the year in which it is granted.

Internationally-trained dental specialist interested in submitting an application to challenge the NDSE via Pathway II may click here for additional information.
The application window for the 2019 National Dental Specialty Examination will open December 1, 2018 and close January 15, 2019. For fees, deadlines and other application-related information, please visit the Application section.
Yes. Applicants are welcome to challenge the National Dental Specialty Examination in more than one specialty provided that their application(s) meet all of the eligibility requirements. However, the examination is held once per year and may be administered on the same day for multiple specialties.
When available, the dates and locations of the National Dental Specialty Examination will be posted in the Dates and Deadlines section.